Two soulful concerts and honors for students

Social Scene

June 01, 2008|By Karlayne Parker | Karlayne Parker,UniSun Editor

This issue's Social Scene takes you to three events where the emphasis was on celebrating.

Last month, the Soulful Symphony ended its season at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with "Say Amen Somebody."

The symphony, its choir and guest Donald Lawrence performed contemporary and traditional gospel before a capacity audience.

Lawrence led three of his hits: "Giants," "The Blessing of Abraham" and "Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken."

The symphony, choir and various soloists performed some of Lawrence's music, in addition to popular songs by other artists, including "My Life Is in Your Hands" by Kirk Franklin, "We Worship You" by Richard Smallwood and "Bless Your Name Forever" by Tye Tribbett.

In April, the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, through its ACT-SO program, gave awards of achievement to more than 50 students in grades nine through 12.

ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) is an NAACP initiative founded by the late author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, who wanted to recognize the academic and artistic abilities of youth in local communities. The students compete in the categories of business, performing arts, science, visual arts and the humanities.

Top winners in local competitions go on to compete at the NAACP national finals, held at the organization's convention each year.

This year's Baltimore winners were named in a ceremony at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

In Howard County, gospel lovers came out on a sunny afternoon in April to hear the soulful sounds of groups participating in the sixth annual Gospel Extravaganza, held at Howard High School in Ellicott City.

The UniSun Gospel Celebration winner of 2007, the Bethel AME Outreach of Love Choir, participated in the event, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Other singing acts, from around the state, included the Burke Family, the All New Saints Choir and the Gospel Revelations. The Modern Dance Ensemble from Morgan State University also performed at the event.

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